Update- Blogging From India is now Blogging From London. A lot has happened since I had started this blog. In the time that has flowed beneath the bridge, we have moved back from India to California to Seattle to London. Today an intro to myself would skip all that I had written years ago. There is only one word now. Flâneuse. With all the meanings of the persons I have been that have flowed beneath the bridge too, we are now for sure wanderers in the spaces we inhabit.
My name is Chandra . I have had different last names ; nowadays I prefer to just be Chandra, the name of my birth. I live in Berkeley, California with my husband and three children. I have been an immigrant for 11 years and we are finally taking the step this year to come back and live in India. In my experience as a wife and a mother, I have found it difficult to retain my sense of self. I am further lost in the melee of foreignness that one encounters every day in my adopted country. And now my old country is a new country and potentially foreign. Along with the possibilities of finding myself and making new homes, I have found myself lost in translation, quite literally. This sejour in India, this return to one’s center of familiarity and comfort are in a way a form of escape but on a deeper level an occasion for hope and optimism that it is never too late to find oneself.